bundesliga.com has the pre-match lowdown from both camps...
Winless so far this year, both Hannover and Paderborn have slipped dangerously down the standings. If the hosts want to keep the dream of European qualification alive, then three points are a must. For the visitors, meanwhile, any points on the road, where they haven't won since Matchday 2, could prove vital in the relegation dogfight.
With only Didier Ya Konan on the treatment table, Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut has the luxury of an otherwise fully fit squad from which to choose. The 40-year-old tactician is likely to continue with club top scorer Joselu (r.) up front, while Portuguese international Joao Pereira, who made his debut in Matchday 20's defeat to Hamburg, should continue at right back.
Paderborn boss Andre Breitenreiter doesn't have it quite as easy as Sunday's counterpart on the personnel front. Marvin Ducksch and Christian Strohdiek are definitely out through injury, but club top scorer and Germany U-21 international Elias Kachunga (l.), is expected to start up front with Moritz Stoppelkamp providing the creativity.
Almost unfailingly it is the case that when Hiroshi Kiyotake plays well, Hannover 96 play well. Nominally operating on the left of midfield, the Japanese international has license to roam and find Joselu's runs with his pinpoint passing. The league's most dangerous player from set-pieces having helped to create eight goals, Korkut's men will rely on him to unpick a stubborn Paderborn back four.
Hannover are all too aware of Moritz Stoppelkamp's talents. After leaving die Roten in 2012, he joined Paderborn last summer and on Matchday 4 scored from 82 metres against his former club, the longest-distance goal in Bundesliga history. Reproducing the feat might be a long shot (pun intended), but Korkut's side will know what to expect from the industrious wideman.
Tayfun Korkut (Hannover 96 head coach, r.): "It's a hugely important game for us. We have prepared meticulously and I have complete faith in my team."
Andre Breitenreiter (Paderborn head coach): "We want to pick up points in Hannover. Small successes are important for us to get our confidence back."
Hannover have only taken one point this calendar year, and are without a win since Matchday 16, but for Paderborn, the portents are even worse. The promoted outfit haven't won in ten games and, despite a draw in Cologne on Matchday 20, are yet to find the net in the Rückrunde.
The only fixture Paderborn and Hannover have ever contested produced a moment for the Bundesliga annals. With seconds remaining at the Benteler Arena on Matchday 4 and Paderborn leading 1-0, Stoppelkamp (r.) volleyed home the longest-range goal in Bundesliga history, securing his place in the history books and briefly sending his side top of the league.
Hannover 96: Zieler - Joao Pereira, Marcelo, Schulz, Albornoz - Schmiedebach, Sane - Briand, Stindl, Kiyotake - Joselu
SC Paderborn 07: Kruse - Heinloth, Rafa Lopez, Hünemeier, Brückner - Bakalorz, Rupp - Koc, Meha, Stoppelkamp - Kachunga